Note: You are reading an article from 2020.
Aphelios, the Weapon of the Faithful, was released on patch 9.24 to become the 147th champion in the League of Legends universe. Unlike other champions, Aphelios has only three abilities with five weapons.
Before the release, the League of Legends community thought Aphelios would be a complex champion as CertainlyT designs his gameplay. But after a few days of release, players figured out his kit, and it turned out that he was not hard to play but rather hard to play against.
Like any other champion, he also had a huge ban rate in the ranked game, but this time, in the season 9 preseason, Aphelios had a record-breaking ban rate of 223% in the Korean Challenger.
A champion can have a maximum 200% ban rate, with both blue and red teams banning Aphelios 100% of the time. This added with remakes, which are added as a ban but do not count in the total number of games, has caused the ban rate to go beyond 200%.
And Aphelios did that for the first time with a win rate of just 47.62% in Korean Challenger.
Also, according to op.gg Aphelios had a ban rate of 55.42% with a win rate of 51.39%. After the release of Aphelios, the subreddit of League of Legends was full of how overpowered he was and how easy he was where he was supposed to be a hard champion.
Akali is another champion with a 174.37% ban rate in Korean Challenger despite Riot nerfing her 50 times.